Jack Black Recalls His Brief Time As 'Green Lantern' Star

Hey, remember when the Jack Black was going to play Green Lantern in a superhero comedy written by "TV Funhouse" creator Robert Smigel? We don't fault you if you've forgotten about that brief, potentially traumatic period in comic book movie history, especially given all the buzz surrounding Ryan Reynolds' current take on the character.

But that doesn't change the fact that funny guy and "Gulliver's Travels" actor Black was indeed chosen (by Warner Bros.) to wield the ring just a few years ago — and he hasn't forgotten about it.


"I do. I just think about it sometimes," Black told MTV News when asked if all the press for next year's "Green Lantern" movie ever gets him thinking about what could've been.

"Yeah, some people may know that for a minute there, long ago, there was talk of a more comedic version of Green Lantern, but yeah, it wasn't meant to be," he said.

Asked whether he looks at Ryan Reynolds tossing around one-liners in the "Green Lantern" trailer and wonders about all the outrage that surrounded his version of Hal Jordan, Black wasn't having it...

"F--- you. Next question," he grinned.

Still, the actor said he'll likely be in the audience when "Green Lantern" finally makes its debut — even though he's not the one wearing the ring.

"Yeah, I'll probably see it," he sighed.

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